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Nationals Ace Max Scherzer will not be team's opening day starter

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that Max Scherzer is not on track to be the team's opening day starter, and will most likely open the
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago

Max Scherzer looks like his old self during his first start of spring training

JUPITER, Fla. — Max Scherzer threw lacrosse balls and tennis balls this winter so he could pitch a game by March, not May. He used a three-fingered grip for catch and long toss so his injured ring finger could recover, but his arm strength would not suffer. He threw in a minor league game last […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Nationals drop 6-1 decision to Cards: Max Scherzer makes first Grapefruit League start...

Max Scherzer threw 73 pitches in 4 23 innings pitched against the St. Louis Cardinals in his first Grapefruit League start this Spring. Max Scherzer gave up five hits and two earned runs in 4 23 innings pitched in his Grapefruit League debut, but more important than the results was the fact that Washingtons 32-year-old right-hander made it through the outing without any difficulty.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
2 hours ago

Max Scherzer says finger is healed, no longer an issue

The Washington Nationals and their fans can rest easy. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer — who was dealing with a knuckle injury — threw in Grapefruit League action on Wednesday and had no negative effects. Scherzer went 4.2 innings, surrendered five hits, walked one, allowed two earned runs and struck out four.But as is so often the case with pitchers in spring...
Via Sportsnaut
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Tanner Roark pitches 4 scoreless innings in US defeat of Japan in WBC

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago

U.S. Edges Japan Behind Roark, Advances to WBC Championship Game

LOS ANGELES — Luke Gregerson’s final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn’t dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game. Brandon...
Via CBS DC
10 hours ago

Tanner Roark throws four scoreless innings for Team USA in WBC semifinal win

Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo spent most of the first month of camp wandering the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in a USA Baseball hat, a departure from his usual “Harpers Heroes” model, or the less noticeable Nike type. Rizzo, never one to hide his feelings, has been far less vocal about whether the […]
Via Nationals Journal
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

So Do The Nationals Need A Long Man?

The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes wrote a nice piece yesterday about the difficult bullpen choice the Nationals will have to make as Spring Training winds down. She notes that the team already has five spots locked down for guys on MLB contracts (Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez, Shawn Kelley) or established contributors (Blake Treinen, Sammy Solis). That means if the Nats want a...
Via The Nats Blog
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

2017 Player Preview: Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman was one of the worst everyday players in baseball in 2016. As a proud owner of a vintage Zimmerman “Natinals”-era shirsey, it pains me to admit that. But it was true. Yet 2016 is over and the 2017 season is right around the corner. Is there any hope that Zimmerman can turn things around? After starting slowly, Zimmerman has been on something of a Spring Training...
Via The Nats Blog
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

2017 Player Preview: Trea Turner

Trea Turner might have been the most exciting story coming out of the 2016 season. Sure, Max Scherzer won a Cy Young award, but he’s expected to be one of the best pitchers in baseball year in and year out. The Nationals did make the playoffs, but by coming up short in the NLDS yet again, it’s not something many fans are celebrating. Turner, though, made a huge impact on the...
Via The Nats Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Nats need Daniel Murphy in-form and healthy

World Series requirements for the Washington Nationals, Part III: Daniel Murphy As I stated in a previous article: “Daniel Murphy was spectacular in his first season as a Nat. He hit 47 doubles, 25 home runs, had a .347 BA, a .390 OBP, and an NL-leading slugging percentage of .595. He finished second in the NL MVP voting. Since going off in the 2015 post-season with the New York...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Setting MASNsports.com's guest blogging rotation for 2017 - Nationals Buzz

One of the things that sets MASNsports.com apart from its competition is the myriad of voices on the site. It's one thing to have world-class daily Nationals coverage provided by Mark Zuckerman, Byron Kerr and the rest of the site's staff; but it's another to offer a platform for some ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marlins split squads split games against Nationals, Mets

NATIONALS 10, MARLINS (ss) 4 Working on ways to prevent tipping his pitches, Stephen Strasburg worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits while striking out three. Ryan Zimmerman hit his first spring home run in the sixth. Miami starter Adam Conley went 2 2/3 innings was touched for seven runs on five hits and three walks. MARLINS (ss) 7, METS 5 Marlins starter...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanner Roark set to start for Team USA on Tuesday, Daniel Murphy continues to sit

JUPITER, Fla. — When Team USA beat the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic late on Saturday night, it prolonged the absence of key Washington Nationals Tanner Roark and Daniel Murphy — and prolonged some stress for Dusty Baker, who is ready to get both of them on their normal spring schedule. Baker did […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Relive "Nationals Classics": Sweet '16 - Nationals Buzz

The second round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament will wrap up today, meaning there will be only 16 teams remaining with national championship hopes. Here's hoping your bracket's not busted. With the Sweet 16 starting on Thursday, MASN is bringing you a couple of sweet Nationals games from 2016 ... Read More
Via MASN
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats will not change approach in developing Victor Robles - Byron Kerr

The No. 1 rated Nationals prospect is 19-year-old outfielder Victor Robles, who made a nice step up last season, advancing to high Single-A Potomac. Robles is a part of another talented corps of outfielders on the early camp roster with the club in West Palm Beach. Nationals director of player ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals release C Derek Norris; bumped from job by Wieters

WASHINGTON (AP) The Nationals have unconditionally released catcher Derek Norris, who at one point appeared to be penciled in as Washington's starting catcher but became expendable after the club signed free agent Matt Wieters. The Nationals announced the move Wednesday via Twitter. Norris, originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, was reacquired by the team...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Would Bryce Harper shave beard, keep hair trimmed to join Yankees?

The possibility of Bryce Harper joining the New York Yankees has long titillated a lot of baseball fans, or at least piqued the interest of many. The Washington Nationals slugger, for what it's worth, has never shied away from the fact he grew up a Yankees fan.And while it seems trivial, almost absurd, recent developments in the Yankees organization beg one curious question: Would...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard has no problem with bat flipping by opponents

Spring training has already been underway for a couple of weeks, which means soon enough we will be in prime “bat flipping hot take” season. You won’t hear any such talk from New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard however. He also told the New York Post that he’d even respect someone who flipped a bat in his face if such an act were to occur.“Just sheer enjoyment and excitement...
Via The Comeback
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 20 Prospects: Washington Nationals

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Washington Nationals farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on thes 20-80 scouting scale by which...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg considers eliminating windup to simplify mechanics

Stephen Strasburg struggled with injuries and inconsistency down the stretch in 2016, and now he’s making some changes to his delivery.Strasburg said Friday that he is planning to experiment in pitching without a windup, as he did in his first spring appearance against St. Louis.“I’m not trying to reinvent myself, but just trying to simplify things as much as I can and be able...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss
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